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Who would’ve thought that in a split second, your life could be completely turned upside down? You get busy living life, you take for granted when everything is “normal”. My entire life changed over a year ago, back on Father’s Day of 2016. I was out celebrating a long week; my graduation which I was extremely proud of-since I’m one of the very few of my family to attend. I was also spending some time with some friends of mine, who were also dads just trying to have a good time, and catch up on lost time before we headed back home to our families. Laughs and good vibes all went to the left and chaos broke out when some individuals had a little too much to drink and an altercation took place. Next thing I know, I’m running to the door trying to get to a safe place like everyone else when suddenly; I can’t run anymore and I’m lying on the floor while people are jumping over me to avoid the gunshots. Next thing I remember were my friends dragging me out. I was then rushed to the hospital, only to get the news that a bullet hit me in the upper arm and another hit a quarter of an inch from my spine. The bullet completely shattered my left femer bone, and from the bullet lodged in my lower back muscle; my nerves were also damaged.
Doctors nonchalantly told me I had a slim to none chance of walking again and walked out the room. At that point, everything was surreal, and I went into a state of shock. That didn’t fully sink in until the surgeons took me into surgery for four hours, successfully rebuilding my arm. That made me more grateful of anything, but regardless of what the Doctors told me, I knew I’d be determined to walk again. After some time, I could start to feel sensation in certain parts of my legs and feet here and there. Next, I could feel a few of my toes! Months later I was walking, but very limited with the use of braces and a machine and walker. Since I had used up my time allowed of 3 months in inpatient therapy, they could no longer keep me. Another milestone I was determined to overcome. I was determined to walk again to do the “normal” things everyone does with their family. Since then, I went to a therapy facility for only an hour twice a week. While I was grateful, it wasn’t getting me anywhere and I could sense I wouldn’t get the specialized therapy and guidance I needed to get back up. After all, I overcame what the previous doctor already told me. I could walk a little at least. I have been desperately trying to get into any specialized facility that will take me, but when you don’t have much money and can’t work, you don’t have much luck since it’s so expensive. All I’m asking is for help so that I can get into a facility and claim my life back, go down the career path I worked so hard to get my degree in, and take care of my family and enjoy the normal things we take for granted. I won’t take no for an answer, I won’t take rejection and pity anymore. I’m ready to do what they said I couldn’t and make a change in the world. I’m motivated, I’m a hard worker and stubborn in the best way. I have my children believing in me more than I believe in myself, and that’s the best feeling in the world. I will do anything to not let them down.

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November 27, 2017
November 27, 2017

HELP DOUG WALK AGAIN!

Who would’ve thought that in a split second, your life could be completely turned upside down? You get so busy living life, you take for granted when everything is “normal”. My entire life changed over a year ago, back on Father’s Day of 2016. I was out celebrating a long week; my graduation which I was extremely proud of-since I’m one of the very few of my family to attend. I was also spending some time with some friends of mine, who were also dads just trying to have a good time, and catch up on lost time before we headed back home to our families . Laughs and good vibes all went to the left and chaos broke out when some individuals had a little too much to drink and an altercation took place. Next thing I know, I’m running to the door trying to get to a safe place like everyone else when all of a sudden; I can’t run anymore and I’m laying on the floor while people are jumping over me to avoid the gunshots. Next thing I remember were my friends dragging me out. I was then rushed to the hospital, only to get the news that a bullet hit me in the upper arm and another hit a quarter of an inch from my spine. The bullet completely shattered my left humerus bone, and from the bullet lodged in my lower back muscle; my nerves were also damaged.. Due to having several tests done to test possible damage done to the rest of my body, the Doctors nonchalantly told me I had a slim to none chance of walking again and walked out the room. At that point, everything was surreal, and I went into a state of shock. That didn’t fully sink in until the surgeons took me into surgery for four hours, successfully rebuilding my arm. That made me more grateful of anything, but regardless of what the Doctors told me, I knew I’d be determined to walks again . After some time, I could start to feel sensation in certain parts of my legs and feet here and there. Next, I could feel a few of my toes! Months later I was walking, but very limited with the use of braces and a machine and walker. Since I had used up my time allowed of 3 months in inpatient therapy , they could no longer keep me. Another milestone I was determined to overcome. I was determined to walk again to do the “ normal” things everyone does with their family. Since then, I went to a therapy facility for only an hour twice a week. While I was grateful, it wasn’t getting me anywhere and I could sense I wouldn’t get the specialized therapy and guidance I needed to get back up. After all , I overcame what the Previous doctor already told me. I could walk a little at least. I have been desperately trying to get into any specialized facility that will take me, but when you don’t have much money and can’t work, you don’t have much luck since it’s so expensive . All I’m asking is for some help so that I can get into a facility and claim my life back, go down the career path I worked so hard to get my degree in, and take care of my family and enjoy the normal things we take for granted. I won’t take no for an answer, I won’t take rejection and pity anymore. I’m ready to do what they said I couldn’t and make a change in the world. I’m motivated , I’m a hard worker and stubborn in the best way. I have my children believing in me more than I believe in myself, and that’s the best feeling in the world . I will do anything to not let them down . God bless.